Origin and Description
Herald Hops is a relatively new dwarf variety bred at Wye College in England. Herald was one of the first dwarf varieties introduced into this wonderful world of brewing and was registered in 1996. That's innovation. This variety is a sister of Pioneer, and Pilgrim hops, which all came from the same era of the program.
Herald Hops is a dual use hops that is appropriate for anytime throughout the brewing process. With an alpha acid rating at 11.9%-12.8%, Herald is known for its clean, strong bitterness in beer. At the same time one of the notable characters is the citrus bouquet, with notes of orange and grapefruit. This aroma comes from the high composition of myrcene oil. This variety has relatively high co-humulone, which some brewers shy away from.
As with Herald Hops, most dwarf varieties do not compete with some other varieties on the yield throughout a season. Herald Hops yields between 1200-1250 lbs/acre. The large size compact cones are ready for harvest early in the season. One of the assets of Herald Hops is its tolerance to Verticillium Wilt, Powdery Mildew, as well as Downy Mildew.
Herald Hops Usage
Herald hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
Herald Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for herald hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Herald Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||11.9%-12.8%|
|Beta Acid Composition||4.8%-5.5%|
Herald Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Herald Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Herald Cone Size||Large|
|Herald Cone Density||Moderate to Compact|
Herald Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Herald Hops is Low at 1200 - 1250 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
Verticillium Wilt,Powdery Mildew,Downy Mildew,
|Storability||Herald Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Herald Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||1-1.9 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||40%-40%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||15%-15%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||7%-7%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Herald Hops Substitutes
|Pioneer||Pioneer Hops was bred at Wye College in Kent, England. This is another variety from the college with dwarf qualities, although Pioneer sits somewhere in the mi...|
Common Beer Styles for Herald Hops
Herald Hops Use in Commercial Beers
|Website||Brewing Company & Beer or Product|
|Kelham Island Brewery|
|The Durham Brewery|
|The Grand Union Brewery|
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